The Mindful Mommie’s Pantry Staples


A few people have been telling me that health food stores can be intimidating, and I agree! I felt totally lost at first. There were so many ingredients and items that I had never heard of, not to mention the aisles of bulk bins! So here is a little “cheat sheet” to get you started!

Oils and Vinegars



Items from the bulk bins

  • Brown rice pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Almond flour
  • Pepitas
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Raw almonds
  • Red and green lentils
  • Chia seeds
  • Black beans
  • Steel cut oats
  • Nutritional yeast flakes
  • Shredded coconut

Sauces and Broths




Cans and Jars

  • Black beans
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Corn
  • Tomato paste
  • Wild tuna
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Applesauce
  • Tahini

I find that with these items on-hand, I can make just about any recipe I want to (in addition to the fresh produce I keep in the fridge). I always recommend buying everything organic, if possible, so that you can be guaranteed that your food is truly clean and free from harmful pesticides and other chemicals. I keep the items from the bulk bins in large mason jars, which is great for organizing and being able to see what you have available. As an added bonus, the jars also look really pretty!

Enjoy the shopping experience and take the time to learn about what you are buying. I promise you’ll find that after a couple of trips to your local health food store that you are navigating the aisles like a pro!

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